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(13)Dakota Wesleyan University
Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 9, 2016

January 9, 2016

Photos credits by Kaden Huntrods

MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) had a 65-58 lead over nationally-ranked Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) Saturday evening at the Corn Palace.  The Trojans were held scoreless in the final 3:35 of the game as the Tigers closed the game with an 11-0 run, pulling way for a 67-65 non-conference victory.

Dakota State, playing in their final non-conference game of the season Saturday, lost their sixth straight game and dipped their overall record to 6-12.  Dakota Wesleyan, ranked No. 13 in the latest NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, raised their overall record to 13-6.

The Tigers opened up with the biggest lead in the first-half at 13-8 with twelve minutes, thirty-two seconds on the clock. 

DSU regained their lead at 17-15 after a 3-pointer by Ian Barse with 7:26 left in the first half.  It was the first lead for the Trojans since 17:48 of the first-half when Brendon Boomsma drained a 3-pointer.

Dakota State held on to a slim 30-29 halftime advantage over Dakota Wesleyan.  Both teams shot below 40 percent in the first-half with DSU shooting 38.7 percent from the field (12-of-31) and DWU 36.4 percent (12-of-33).

Tied at 37-37, the Trojans scored eight consecutive points to earn a 45-37 lead with 11:49 left in the game.  During the scoring outburst, Boomsma hit a 3-pointer followed by Tanner Heiser's 3-pointer and a pair of free-throws by Barse.

Kyle Kilgore hit two free throws to give Dakota State the biggest lead of the game at 49-40 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game.

With DSU leading 54-45, the Tigers answered back with a 13-2 scoring run to overtake a 58-56 lead with 6:46 left.

However, the Trojans responded back by using a 9-0 run for a seven-point lead with 3:35 left in the game (65-58 DSU lead).

Tate Martin made a lay-up with 1:12 left as DWU earned back the lead at 66-65.  He added a free-throw to put the Tigers up by two points with less than four seconds to go.

Boomsma missed a jump shot as the time expired.  The Trojans missed five shots and a free-throw during DWU's closing run.

Dakota Weslyean outscored Dakota State 38-35 in the final twenty minutes of the game.

Four Trojans scored in double digits, led by Barse with 19 points.  He was 6-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-8 from the 3-point arc and made both free-throw attempts.  Kilgore added 14 points (he was perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line).  Boomsma and Heiser each added 11 points.  Derek Meger and Adam Hofer each had four points.

Meger and Barse each earned nine rebounds for DSU.  Kilgore tallied eight rebounds.  Kilgore and Meger each had a blocked shot.

Kilgore, Meger, Hofer, Heiser and Taylor Zirbel each produced two assists for Dakota State.  Kilgore, Hofer, Nathaniel Rauen, Hesier and Justin Folkers each recorded a steal.

Trae Bergh shot 11-of-22 from the field (4-of-13 from the 3-point line) and 3-of-5 free-throws to earn 29 points for the Tigers.  Jade Miller added 15 points.  Martin scored 10 points. 

Terrell Newton and Miller each grabbed nine rebounds for DWU.  Martin dished out eight assists.

Newton, Martin and Miller each stole the ball twice for Dakota Wesleyan. 

DWU shot 40 percent overall from the field (26-of-65) compared to DSU 38.6 percent (22-of-57).  The Trojans were 10-of-24 from the 3-point line (41.7 percent), while the Tigers were 8-of-31 3-pointers (25.8 percent).

Dakota State was near perfect from the free-throw line, making 11-of-12 free-throws (91.7 percent).  DWU was 7-of-11 free-throws (63.6 percent).

DWU outrebounded DSU 36-34.  The Tigers outscored the Trojans 12-0 in second-chance points and 8-0 in fast-break points.  DSU outscored DWU 13-5 in bench points.

There were a total of ten lead changes and seven ties in the game.

Dakota State's remaining schedule in January and February will be all North Star Athletic Association conference games, starting with a trip to Waldorf (Iowa) for the second conference meeting of the season Tuesday evening.  Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Hanson Fieldhouse in Forest City, Iowa, as the Trojans attempt to halt their six-game losing skid.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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